Gi­rardi | KEESE: set­ting the stan­dard for EX­CEL­LENCE in LAW prac­tice

A world-class law firm with un­sur­passed re­sults. for 46 years

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when Thomas V. Gi­rardi opened the doors of the Gi­rardi Firm in down­town Los An­ge­les in 1965, he had a vi­sion of build­ing a law firm that would help any­one who had been in­jured, by pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent coun­sel and a will­ing­ness to go to court to help them achieve a mea­sure of jus­tice.

“There is a moral com­po­nent to ev­ery one of our cases, and that’s been true since day one,” says Gi­rardi. “That’s al­lowed us to cre­ate a world-class law firm that’s truly here for the lit­tle guy.” That phi­los­o­phy has made Gi­rardi | Keese into a firm that has suc­ceeded far be­yond Gi­rardi’s orig­i­nal dream. To­day, it em­ploys 30 lawyers and 30 law clerks in an of­fice down­town where “there’s some­thing al­ways hap­pen­ing,” re­ports part­ner David Lira.

The firm has achieved more than $20 billion in ver­dicts and set­tle­ments dur­ing its his­tory, in­clud­ing $4.85 billion against a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany for harm caused by one of its drugs; $2.2 billion for Cal­i­for­nia con­sumers de­frauded by a power com­pany in the Cal­i­for­nia en­ergy cri­sis; $785 mil­lion against an avi­a­tion firm; $633 mil­lion for the res­i­dents of Hink­ley, Cal­i­for­nia against a power com­pany; and $545 mil­lion in a class ac­tion suit against an in­surance group. While big dol­lars tell part of the story of Gi­rardi | Keese, it leaves out the large im­pact the firm has had on the thou­sands of peo­ple who walk through its doors.

“One of the things that’s most amaz­ing about Tom and the firm is that it’s still a firm that rep­re­sents a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual who suf­fered an in­jury be­cause it’s the right thing to do,” says part­ner Robert Fin­nerty. Be­cause of that, lead­ing trial lawyers in­clud­ing David Lira, Bob Fin­nerty, Amy Solomon, James O’cal­la­han, John Gi­rardi, David Bigelow, Keith Grif­fin, John Court­ney, and An­dre Rekte, have amassed more mil­lion-dol­lar re­sults in Cal­i­for­nia than any other plain­tiff firm. “And now we’re cre­at­ing a whole new gen­er­a­tion of trial lawyers who will be here to help those who’ve been in­jured,” says Lira.

In the past few months, two of the firm’s younger lawyers achieved mag­nif­i­cent re­sults. Christo­pher Au­mais had a jury re­turn $3.3 mil­lion (the of­fer was $100,000) and Alexan­dra Steele was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing a jury ver­dict of $2.4 mil­lion (the of­fer was $250,000). The firm takes great pride in its re­sults and in the char­ac­ter of its lawyers, as well as the prepa­ra­tion it brings to each case. “One thing that sets us apart is the re­sources we can ded­i­cate to each case,” says Lira. The firm con­ducts mil­lions of dol­lars of re­search on its own dime, hir­ing the best ex­perts to en­sure that each client has the best shot at jus­tice. He adds, “and we do this al­most al­ways with ab­so­lutely no cost to the client un­less we win.”

“Al­ways, al­ways there have been the fun­da­men­tals that ex­isted then and do now,” says Solomon, who joined the firm in 1986 as a law clerk, “We have the pas­sion­ate de­sire to fight for the lit­tle guy. And to help the peo­ple who have been harmed to get their lives back to the beat that it can be done, and to do that in the most pro­fes­sional and eth­i­cal way. But al­ways, we have an eye on putting 12 ju­rors in the box and let­ting the civil jus­tice sys­tem do what it does best. That has never changed and will never change. We all learned from the beginning from Tom that be­ing a trial lawyer is about be­ing the ul­ti­mate war­rior for the voice­less.”

David Lira, Amy Solomon and Thomas V. Gi­rardi

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